A couple of days later, I was reminiscing with the accounting boss about the hoops I had just jumped through in dealing with this virus. He chuckled a little and said, "Yeah, I got another virus last night, but I cleared it."
Queue my blank stare: "Uh, what?"
"I saw something come up on my screen that didn't seem right. I couldn't clear it with our antivirus tool or Kaspersky, but I finally got it after trying a few things," he replied.
Surprised, I said, "At what point did you think maybe you should tell the IT manager about it?" (That's me, by the way.)
He said, "I didn't want to bother you."
My frustration came through when I replied, "Well, feel free to pop the machine onto the network because you think you've 'cleared' the virus. That's absolutely awesome."
No big deal, don't report it when you have a problem. Go ahead and do what you think is best. Maybe I'll start deciding what my budget should be and start buying whatever I want.
This accounting boss had participated in numerous talks two days previously when we had the first virus incident. You'd think he'd realize I'd very much want to be "bothered" with this news.
In the accounting boss's (lukewarm) defense, I wasn't alerted about the second virus because we use an inferior product mandated by our parent company, which has headquarters in another country. I've expressed my concern on multiple occasions about the lack of reliability about the antivirus product and have been ignored. But hey, it's cheap!
I wonder if my sarcasm got through. I can only hope it did. We ended the conversation having stressed to report if such an event occurred again and to keep the lines of communication open.
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